Conference Course

WGST 390.3: Gender in Interdisciplinary Contexts
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf

Wednesday 9 May - Thursday 21 June 2012
T, W, TH 9:30-11am

Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf is the title of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf to be held for the first time in Canada here at the University of Saskatchewan, 7-10 June 2012. It’s also the title of this course, which will engage students in a study of Woolf’s life and literature, as well as an exploration of the gender and sexual politics of Bloomsbury, her intellectual / artistic circle.
Woolf has become the signifier for various kinds of feminism, and that fact is no less significant to this course and conference than her commitment to diversity, dialogue, exchange, and the need for multiple perspectives. Indeed, Bloomsbury’s interdisciplinary nature has been our inspiration: Woolf’s friends, family members, and colleagues suggest how a combination of academic work, artistic production, and political analysis can articulate itself through public engagement.

To that end, while the course will be headed by a lead instructor—Dr. Ann Martin from the Department of English—many of the classes will be led by guest lecturers from a range of departments and programmes, including Art History, Women’s and Gender Studies, History, and Psychology. Guest lecturers from other institutions will also drop by, including Dr. Allan Pero from the University of Western Ontario and Dr. Marcel DeCoste from the University of Regina.

Our scope will be expanded further given our sister-course, a fourth-year seminar class studying Virginia Woolf with Professor Leigh Harris at DEREE: the American College of Greece. Students will have the opportunity to connect with their counterparts in Athens through a communal Blog and on-line academic collaborations, as well as possible Skype discussions.

As importantly, the course will involve students in the 2012 Woolf Conference. Class participants will be encouraged to attend the play and the poetry reading associated with the conference, and will be expected to attend the film screening on the evening of 10 June. They will also be expected to present a research poster on the first morning of the conference, and create a written response to a key talk, panel, or event. The final research project for the course might take its inspiration from the different media and genres in circulation at the conference, and will certainly be able to reflect cross-disciplinary research.
In other words, members of this class will participate in an exciting experiential learning opportunity as well as in the many conversations surrounding the gender politics surrounding Virginia Woolf, her life, and her multifaceted texts.